PICARD: You Recognise the old bag of tricks? What about this one? [snaps fingers Ardra vanishes] Come back, Ardra, if you can. No? Fine, allow me [snaps fingers Ardra returns]
ARDRA: Of all the impudence.
PICARD: Impudence? [suddenly replaced by an image of a Klingon deity & speaking in its voice] Impudence is pretending to be Fek’lhr of Klingon.

Star Trek TNG  Devil’s Due  1991

 

Yesterday I briefly alluded to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek TNG Devil’s Due where a planet goes into panic over a deal made with the a being called Ardra that is coming due:

The entire plot consists of Picard, convinced the people are being playing trying to prove that her claims are just a fraud to get what she wants.

Longtime readers might recall I brought this episode two years ago during a commentary on what was revealed as a Racism hoax involving the Lunenburg High School football team and it hit me that this whole Bruce Jenner thing is the same old song and dance:

This has been done over and over again and it’s all about generating the requite fear, One of the things I’ve said many times is the first virtue, the virtue that has to come before all other virtues is courage, because if you don’t have courage you don’t have anything else. None of the other virtues will work.

And it’s fear, in my opinion that causes even a writer for a site like Hotair to paint this as a virtue for conservatives:

With the momentum from this announcement and affiliation, Catilyn inadvertently gave the Republican Party something it desperately needs more of – “street cred,” simply put, an understanding sense of humanity. 

If the party overall was to warm up to these “differences” and use them as a broader tool to crush problems (not people) that really matter – like insurmountable national and student debt, ever-increasing national security threats and domestic encroachments on Constitutional liberties – Democrats would stand no chance. 

Yeah because nothing says to Christians who like me who left the Democrat party when they felt that there was no place for believers to go out and vote GOP then to encourage us to say this is just fabulous, as if the culture didn’t go to “accept gay marriage” to “accept gay marriage or ELSE”.

This is and remains part of the war on culture and it’s all about fear.  Fear is the tactic the left used to keep GOP candidates from critiquing candidate Barack Obama, fear is the tactic that was used to critique those who would day suggest Michael Brown was not a “gentle giant”, fear was the tactic used against those who passed religious freedom laws, stood up for the reality of marriage and noted that the cities falling apart have been governed by Democrats for decades.

The message this time is:  “if we don’t accept this we won’t win elections.”  It’s the same fear that is mentioned in the Psalm I quoted a few days ago or as Leslie Howard put it in the old Movie Pimpernel Smith:  “Ah The Story of the Grapes.”

In fairness to Hotair Amanda Muñoz opinion is not shared by Ed Morrissey.

We’re celebrating the end of natural and objective truth, and turning dysfunction into virtue on the basis of celebrity.

or Jazz Shaw:

You can dress how you like and change your name. I’ll back you up. And if you were born a man, you can call yourself a woman if you like. But your right of free speech does not protect you from possibly being offended by the free speech of others, including yours truly. Your decision doesn’t mean that I have to modify my speech and start swapping out pronouns from the language buffet line any more than I have to accept that you’re drinking a “martini” if you put a cocktail onion in your glass instead of an olive.

It brings me to mind Captain Picard’s closing speech during Devil’s Due after Ardra’s con game is revealed.

Picard:  She learned of the myth of Ardra, studied it and expertly played on your fears that your people were ready to virtually surrender to her.

And that’s what the left is hoping we’ll do court: the left has taken advantage of the cultural ignorance of today and so expertly played on people fears of being called “intolerant” or rejected that they  are ready to virtually ready to surrender to them:

Her passenger prompts that Jenner is normal, to which Jenner responds, smiling, “Put it this way: I’m the new normal.”

And Woe betide those who say no:

“I’m the new normal” is exactly but exactly the soundbite the media wants for its “trans is mainstream” narrative push, which technically began a year ago but never enjoyed a spokesperson as prominent as this.

If we are foolish enough to follow Ms.Amanda Muñoz advice not only will we lose as a party (and a culture), but we’ll deserve to.

Closing thought:  This is why a paper printed book has it over Wikipedia or any online encyclopedia anyday:

Watch the Wikipedia page for the 400 meter sprint over the coming days. The page was recently edited to add the following line about the world record time for women:

The current women’s world record is held by Marita Koch, with a time of 47.60 seconds. However Caitlyn Jenner is the fastest woman’s performer of all time, running a time of 47.51 in 1976 while competing under the name Bruce Jenner.

FYI a hat tip to Chrissie’s Transcript site for the text from not only this TNG episode but for saving me the time it would have taken to dig out various quotes over the years.

it would seem so.

We are bombarded daily with news that even a few short years ago would have been unimaginable.

A recent article in Salon written by an abortion worker refers to an aborted baby as an “unwanted growth” and by removing it they “preserved the woman’s chosen course.”  Seeing tiny arms and legs floating in a bowl made her even more pro-choice pro-abortion.

Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the country, tweeted that they thought telling girls to protect their character on prom night was “despicable.”

And the latest Gallup poll states:

Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000’s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level. source

One glaring observation of this poll is that while support for abortion has gone up by three points, support for the death penalty has gone down by the same three points.

To see these findings in action, I need go no further than my own very conservative area where the illegitimate birth rate among teenagers has skyrocketed. Marriage is no longer important, and multiple children by different fathers is common.

Marriage and family, the bedrock of a civilized nation, is all but destroyed.  I have no doubt that when the Supreme Court issues it’s ruling on same-sex “marriage”, it will come down on the side of the homosexuals, thereby completely changing the definition of marriage.

Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function.  He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

When was the last time you even heard the word “virtue”?  If people conformed to accepted virtues, none of what is going on would be possible.

There is much talk on many sites, usually the ones focused on the economy, about some big event coming along to collapse our country.  Trust me on this, it won’t happen like that.  In fact, it’s already happening and has been for decades.  The slow drip of immorality and depravity has already transformed our country into something most of us don’t recognize anymore.

The elites don’t want a collapse, they want slaves who will be willing to do their bidding.

John Adams, in a letter dated October 11, 1798, to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts said:

[…]we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

I have no intention of being anyone’s slave, and I hope you don’t either.

 

“Opinions are like navels – everybody has one.” – my Mom.

Everywhere I turned for the last four days, the topic of conversation was Jenner, whether you go by Caitlyn or Bruce. Back in the olden days it was due to extraordinary athletic abilities, now it’s due to surgery, cosmetics and clothes. Pete wrote about Jenner yesterday, I wrote about Jenner back in February, everybody’s talking about it everywhere: in Brazil, in Spain, really everywhere (I didn’t check the ISIS viewpoint, though).

Certainly there are more consequential topics to ponder: “big issues” like Islamism, Supreme Court decisions, politicians; personal issues like family, health. Each one of us, in our own way, deal with them, sometimes they intersect, and these matters become more pressing at times, at times becoming overwhelming. Victor Davis Hanson brilliantly writes about all – Disasters at Home and Abroad, Pathei Mathos: What I Relearned the Last 12 Months, but we all cope to lesser or greater degrees.

So, why do we talk about Jenner, a person most of us will never meet and who has no consequence (and likely will never have) in our lives?

Here’s a modest list of reasons: Please add to it in the comments section,

  1. Jenner was world-famous to begin with, initially due to his own effort and talent. It’s not just any schmuck who wins record-breaking decathlons.
  2. The story involves sex. Top gossip always is about sex.
  3. Media hype. Vanity Fair mag is very good at creating its own hype, but this is also a media-driven story. It’s on every TV channel, newspaper, and social media venue.
  4. It’s a distraction from more serious issues.
  5. It mixes sports, showbiz, fashion.
  6. It meets an agenda, in this case for transgender activism.
  7. The celebrity industry.

Item #7 has snowballed during the last couple of hundred years.

Back in the nineteenth century the King of Belgium chased after Lola Montez, and (outside of his country, or his royal relatives, which were numerous due to intermarriage) only those who could read newspapers learned about it . Everybody else was too busy working sunrise-to-dawn to notice.

Today Jenner’s own relatives have become multi-millionaires from being famous, and a lot of people have enough spare time to hear/read about them. Celebrities need agents, publicists, stylists, and on and on, and there’s money to be made. What started as a subset of the entertainment industry has become an industry as of itself.

There’s also – I venture to guess – a varying measure of the train-wreck factor, with some nastier elements of human nature mixed in, as there is in most gossip items.

The train-wreck factor is not totally out of the picture. Jenner may genuinely be happy at last. However, others who put themselves through similar transitions had serious problems, as this article by Walt Hyer explains. It’s a story in the making.

As to the nastier elements of human nature, there are the Seven Deadly Sins, and Jenner’s ability to capture money and looks (tall good looking guy, really tall good looking – albeit artificially generated – gal) while being famous (infamous?) won’t be spared some of those too.

About all of which, as my mom said, “Opinions are like navels – everybody has one.”

It’s no wonder, then, we’re talking about Jenner.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

 

The Pilot absolutely nails it on Eucharistic Adoration:

“If the Pope wanted to have a conversation with you about your life each first Friday each month at 3 pm,” I asked some of them, “would you keep that appointment?” When they would nod affirmatively, I would reply, “Well, how about an appointment with the Pope’s Boss?”

And you know who would agree with that statement? A fellow named Francis:

In an interview, he confessed that among all types prayer, “What I really prefer is adoration in the evening. … Between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration.” At times, he says, because of fatigue, “I allow myself to fall asleep while sitting there, looking at Him. I feel as if I were in someone else’s hands, as if God were taking me by the hand.”

Oddly enough I don’t think that the MSM will find that habit of the Pontiff very newsworthy.

Bottom line, either the Eucharist is the Body of Christ or it is not. If it is as we Catholics say it is, we should act accordingly.

Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.
Monty Python the Life of Brian 1979

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Snark concerning the Bruce Caitlyn not withstand lets cut to the chase and deal with the principles here that actually matter.

1.  Bruce Jenner is a free American.  He has earned what he has through a lot of hard work.  If he has the delusion that he is a woman, wants to be treated as a woman,  chooses to use the wealth he has earned over the years to pay for expensive surgery to remove & insert different anatomical parts to present himself as a woman, chooses  to take hormones to produce feminine physical changes and wishes to be called “Caitlyn” all to support said delusion (or even make a buck off it) that’s his business

If this was just some avg schmuck with more money than he can spend instead of a world-famous Olympic champion this would just be another rich eccentric able to find people willing to support or enable their delusions for a price.

2.  If Bruce Jenner dressed like Napoleon, choose to speak only French, surgically reduced his height and paid people around him to shout:  “Vive l’empereur!” wherever he went around would not change the neutral objective fact that is is not Napoleon.  Likewise no amount of  hormones, dress up or even altering a birth certificate will change the objective fact that Bruce Jenner is male any more than a delusion he was a vampire would be objectively real if he had his incisors sharpened into points,  only came out at night, slept in a coffin and ran away at the sight of the Crucifix.

 Barbara McMannon nailed it in this tweet concerning the Vanity Fair Cover:

 3.  While as a free American I acknowledge Mr. Jenner’s right to live his delusion and the right of others to, for whatever reason, play along with it, I insist on my right as a free American to not to go along with it.  I further insist on my right as a free American to publicly state the objective provable fact Mr. Jenner is not in fact a woman named Caitlyn.

  As I’ve said over and over again about Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular, the reason to believe it & act accordingly is because it’s true.

4.  Any attempt by the current cultural elites to enforce a subjective opinion upon society to replace an objective fact is dishonest and dishonorable.  Any attempt to compel said opinion on any individual or on society by law is oppression.

Since the days of old there has been money to be made  & power to be had from a spectacle if it draws click or sells magazines there are those that will take advantage of it and there has been nothing that has been more of a spectacle than the Bruce Jenner “Caitlyn” business.  But I see those trying to convince me that “Caitlyn” Jenner is a man for their own purposes no differently than this:

I refuse to dance for a bunch of flim flam artists out to scoop up the gullible.

Update: Jazz Shaw makes a valid point here:

Any citizen in the United States can legally change their name through a variety of available methods and I don’t consider it my place to question their choice. Like many other things we shall discuss here today, I consider it a matter of free speech. If the guy wants to be called Chelsea and files the appropriate paperwork, so be it. Chelsea it is. But to the best of my knowledge, Bruce Jenner has not taken those steps yet. If and when he does I shall be happy to call him Caitlyn or whatever else he chooses.

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